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Bosnian Warehouse Workers Find Huge Cocaine Stash in Banana Boxes

Bosnia's State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA on Monday confirmed the seizure of 124 kilograms of cocaine that was found in banana boxes in a warehouse in the town of Siroki Brijeg.

"I can confirm the seizure, the investigators have done their part of the job, but due to the ongoing investigation, I can't give more details," Jelena Miovcic, SIPA's spokeswoman, told BIRN.

Money Trail: How Paramilitaries’ Per Diems Proved Serbian Officials’ Guilt

For at least two years, officers at the Serbian Interior Ministry's State Security Service kept records thoroughly about their outgoing on personnel. About every two weeks, they made a list of all the people receiving per diem allowances and the total amount of money paid to them.

UN Court’s Last Yugoslav Verdict Has Lessons for the Future

The aviator glasses were his signature, together with the red beret. Growing up in the 1990s in Serbia, for me the red beret represented a symbol - affiliation, both formal and informal, with Serbian state security special units, notorious fighters who took part in the wars in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UN Tribunal Increases Serbian State Security Officials’ Sentences

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Wednesday increased the sentences handed down to the former chief of Serbian State Security, Jovica Stanisic, and his deputy Franko Simatovic, to 15 years in prison each, rejecting their appeals against their convictions.

Montenegrin Prosecution Investigates Football Fans Over Hate Chants

Members of football fan group Vojvode at a match in Niksic. Photo: Vojvode football fan group

On May 29, media published video footage in which a group of Sutjeska club fans called "Vojvode" (Dukes) chanted "Knife, wire, Podgorica", referring to a nationalist slogan that celebrates the 1995 mass killings by Serbs of Bosniaks in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

Live Blog: Serbian Security Chiefs’ War Crimes Verdict

Follow the latest updates from our reporters in The Hague and Bosnia as the UN's war crimes tribunal delivers its appeal verdict in the retrial of former Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic.

UN Court to Deliver Its Final Verdict in Serbian Officials’ Trial

The UN court in The Hague is delivering its final verdict on Wednesday in the war crimes retrial of top Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, who have appealed against their 12-year sentences for involvement in wartime crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lipizzan horses gain UNESCO recognition

People watched in awe as the world-renowned Lipizzan horses put on a dazzling show this month in the village of Lipica in the small Alpine state of Slovenia.

Bosnia Arrests Serb Ex-Soldier for Wartime Rape of Prisoners

The Bosnian state prosecution announced on Monday that Borislav Gligorevic was arrested on May 26 while attempting to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina from Serbia at the Karakaj border crossing.

Raids Across Western Balkans, Europe, Crack ‘Violent’ Drug-Trafficking Gang

A series of raids carried out simultaneously across Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Germany on May 24 resulted with the arrest of "37 members of a highly violent criminal cell from the Western Balkans," Europe's law enforcement agency, Europol, stated on Friday. 

Bosnians Commemorate Tuzla Massacre, Demanding Justice for Victims

Relatives of the victims, local residents and politicians were among hundreds of people who gathered on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the massacre in the Kapija area of Tuzla, known as the 'crime against Tuzla's youth' - one of the deadliest attacks on civilians during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.